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Bouldering at the amazing Morrison Formation.


Morrison is well known as a classic Font Range bouldering area. A outdoor climbing gym with two distinctive atmospheres. On the Northern side of the road, it's rare to boulder by yourself, whereas the southern side I've yet to met anyone there.

The town of Morrison is a small but thriving town whose major industries are tourism and margaritas - especially in the summer. Visitors come for our restaurants, rocks, and/or rock concerts at Red Rocks. The population is about 500 people.

Evergreen is further up Bear Valley at 7200 feet, approximately 20 minutes from Morrison. It's considerably larger than Morrison with about 30,000 residents, although many of them are very spread out.

Getting There 

From Boulder, take CO Hwy 93 to Golden, US 6 to C-470 heading South, and get off 5-10 minutes later at Morrison. Take a right after exiting. One can also take a right just past Golden on Heritage Rd, which becomes a highway that goes by Red Rocks and spits you out into Morrison on the west side. Continue up CO Hwy 74 (Bear Creek Road) to Evergreen. Watch out for cyclists!

From Denver, take US 285 to C-470, then head north the the Morrison exit, and take a left into town. To get to Evergreen, continue up CO Hwy 74.

Map of Morrison and Evergreen


This town is famous for its Margaritas and its Mexican food, and the one place to get them is the Morrison Inn. There is also a great Italian restaurant in town.


Per Derek Lawrence: the closest camping is at Bear Creek Lake Park - www.lakewood.org/bclp/.

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584 Total Routes

['4 Stars',37],['3 Stars',204],['2 Stars',250],['1 Star',90],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Morrison/Evergreen:
In the Beginning   V1 5     Boulder, 13'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Breashears' Crack   V1 5     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Dihedral Problem   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   The Eggs : Trailside Egg
Breashear's Crack II   V3 6A     Boulder, 19'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Guiding Light A.K.A Round Up   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Work and Play Area
Wisdom A.K.A. The Best Boulder Problem In Evergreen   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 25'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : The Brother's Lookout South...
Helicopter   V5 6C     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Air Jordan   V5 6C     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Double Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Squirming Coil   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Ghost Dance   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Matthews-Winters Park : The Millenium Boulder
Widower   V7-8 7B X     Boulder, 15'   Tortuga : Widower Wall
The Pearl   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 16'   Tortuga : The Black Pearl
Thievery   V8 7B     Boulder, 14'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Energy Crag
Prince Charles   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : The Pass
Arrowhead Arete Low   V8 7B     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Anteater   V8-9 7B+     Boulder, 15'   Tortuga : The Black Pearl
Rupture - V5-V7   V? R     Boulder, 10'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Lover's Leap   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Lover's Leap
The Road Less Traveled   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Deer Creek Crag
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Jables cruising past the crux. Photo: M. Huston.

The Road Less Traveled 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c  CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Deer Creek Crag
If you have bothered to drive all the way up the winding canyon and battle past the bikers riding the white line, then CLIMB THIS ROUTE!!! Starta the same as for The Pump and The Pendulum, but after you clip the second bolt, start heading left into the small cutout and good underclinging jugs. Head straight up for a tricky crux that might leave your pinkie screaming to gain a jug rest. Then, fun climbing, including a deadpoint off two crimps (redpt. crux), leads out to the last b...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 23, 2007
An alternative to the regular Morrison bouldering/climbing:

Drive about a mile (west) out of Morrison up Bear Creek Canyon.
On the south side of the canyon (across the river) there is a severely overhanging face with two bolted routes on it.

The Bearicade, 5.12?, F.A. me and a bunch of my friends.
Kodiak Arrest, 5.13? F.A. Rufus Miller, Dave Twinum is on the right.

The climbs are about 100' above the river and can be spotted easier by driving past and turning around.

There is a large spot to pull off the road right under them.
These climbs are accessed by crossing the river any way you can(wading works). There is a dry way, but you have to cross a gated pipe.

We generally hike around to the top of the route and rap in. I haven't been there in a while, maybe some stuff to back things up. I do remember that the rap sling should hang over the lip and makes the last clip for a lead ascent. (you'll see). The bolts on the routes are good, the exposure is breath taking, the angle is steep!, the rock quality is very solid, and it is way pumpy! This is a great summer afternoon outing.
By Alex A
Aug 7, 2007
Has anyone climbed the cliffs above Evergreen Lake, they look good from the road,
By Tom Hanson
Aug 7, 2007
Hi Alex,
If you're into bouldering, there is some really good stuff, though hard to find, up at Alderfer-Three Sisters Park in Evergreen.
By the way, I see that you climbed for 25 years at The Lake.
Are you an ex-DLFA clubber?
I am a branch affiliate DLFA'er from Taylors Falls circa early seventies to 1982, when I moved to CO for multi-pitch.
Now living in Castle Rock as a founding foreskin of the DCCC
Rich Bechler bestowed upon me the unofficial title of Megalomaniacal Potentate of Fukness, so I am now unofficially "core" even if I am an over-the-hill-has-been.
By Andrew Bergner
Mar 15, 2013
Does anyone know of good camping in the area?
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Mar 15, 2013
Re: camping:
I'm not sure it would be considered "good", but the closest camping to Morrison is Bear Creek Lake Park - lakewood.org/bclp/.
By Andrew Bergner
Apr 29, 2013
Thanks for the help.
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